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Biomedical Research Centre

The Biomedical Research Centre is a vibrant collaborative unit of molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, parasitologists, physiologists, and cell biologists.
The multidisciplinary research focuses on the analysis of the function of cells and organs in the human body and animal systems in physiological and pathological settings, focusing on cancer, inflammation, therapeutics and drug design, infectious diseases, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics and cell biology.
It also encompasses the perturbations caused by zoonotic and pathogenic microbes on human and animal health. BRC research sits within a rapidly developing area, which underpins our understanding and treatment of diseases and is developed with our partners in hospitals to generate better therapies. We continue to work closely with regional hospitals and wider national collaborations with universities and research centres, this includes KidScan Centre for Children’s Cancer Research, which focuses on new and improved treatments and other key areas like parasitology drug action and diagnostics for malaria. 

Latest news

Mon 7 Nov 2016

New insight into ‘perfect’ function of heart
AN INTERNATIONAL team of scientists have provided new insight into the Frank-Starling mechanism; a fundamental aspect of human heart function. The Frank-Starling mechanism described more than a century ago by Otto Frank and Ernest Starling – allows the volume of blood entering the heart to precisely match that ejected, because if a larger volume should […]

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Wed 19 Oct 2016

Try on Helen Sharman’s spacesuit at Science Jam
HELEN Sharman’s spacesuit will be on display at the University of Salford’s Science Jam this weekend on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October (10am – 4pm). Salford Science Jam at the University’s MediaCityUK campus is FREE for the whole family and is a popular part of the annual Manchester Science Festival – England’s best attended […]

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Fri 22 Jul 2016

Coxemon’ is Go at Science in the City Festival
MANCHESTER’s star scientist Brian Cox has had a reincarnation or two, but nothing as radical as his new look for the Manchester’s European City of Science festivities. An augmented reality ‘Coxemon’ will be in place at No 70 Oxford Road (formerly the Cornerhouse) one of the festival centres from 22 – 29 July, as part […]

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Wed 6 Jul 2016

Science in the City Festival: What’s On
THOUSANDS of people are expected to visit the Science in the City festival later this month (22-29 July) offering an eclectic mix of discovery, debate and dramatic performances. The full programme, offering 40, mostly free pop-up public events across the city in shopping centres, public buildings, open spaces and squares, is now available online atmanchestersciencecity.com. […]

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Mon 4 Jul 2016

Viruses turbo-charge bacterial evolution in cystic fibrosis infections
SCIENTISTS in the UK have found new evidence that tiny viruses called bacteriophages turbo-charge the evolution of bacteria that cause lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis patients. And they say because antibiotics can activate bacteriophages, certain medical therapies might make the infections even more difficult to treat. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients suffer from life-long lung infections caused by the environmental bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These infections worsen patient health and limit life-expectancy. Over the years of the infection, the bacteria evolve to become better adapted to […]

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Wed 22 Jun 2016

If we know so much about disease, where are all the cures?
We know so much about the genes that cause disease, so why are we not approaching an age of Star-Trek-like medicine in which a doctor can wave a handheld device over a patient, claim to have sequenced the genes of the offending pathogen, then move rapidly to a cure? How can we know so much about the […]

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